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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 20, 2010 6:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Head Count

srtg & UJ: hey, really struck by the similarities...interesting read for sure; had the same response to ARose.

Wonder how many of us old farts did the same sequence: "stopped about mid 80s", and then started again, briefly with his death, but not really until the past five yrs or so with advent of the web/forum/etc.?

And looking back, I now realize where ALL my DEAD shirts went: many of you know I have three boys. In family pics from 80s and 90s, there are my shirts! They are "capes" for little action heros in the back yard (everyone that's had/has a boy can relate, I assume: you use a large T to form a cape on a small body...tie arms around shoulders, and it flaps behind as they run with swords though you told them not to, and what better "pirate" symbol than some skull thingy, eh?).

EDIT: oh yeah, the bandmates biz helps; the DEAD cover band guys were a big part of our group in the mid 70s, and the lead/bass players and most of us still keep in touch...by the way, those guys usually pick 72/73 as the "best".

This post was modified by William Tell on 2010-09-20 13:49:29

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Sep 20, 2010 7:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Head Count

say hey to another Uncle John...

I too am struck by the similarities with WT and AR... stopped in the 80s while raising kids, etc., but became involved again when I discovered this forum and great podcasts on i-Tunes. I'm always amazed that there is still ongoing interest in a band that began almost half a century ago. To compare that to my era growing up in the 50s - 60s, that would be like listening to the Charleston during the Prohibition era, instead of Dylan and the Beatles.

As to the shirts - most of mine disintegrated or shrunk - I have one that I may get framed, it now would fit a 7 yr old. Instead, my interest has been rekindled, my wife has bought me some new GD shirts, I've picked up the guitar again (after 25 years, god my hands are soft) with the express desire to play some GD tunes. With age comes wisdom - now I know that I don't know so much, there's always something of interest here.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 20, 2010 10:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Head Count

UJ, that was a really touching story about Stella Blue. Quite a vivid image ... Thanks for sharing it.

WT: Old fart? Speak for yourself! Remember: Men perspire, horses sweat, women glow; men are old farts, women are 29. Or "of a certain age."

Your guys made capes of your shirts, my kid made castle battlements of my CDs. Now that's really an act of war. Fortunately, he's keen on finding good Dark Stars right now. So that's promising. I just have to remember not to push. Maybe I should tell him Dark Star is AWFUL.

And yeah, sometimes I do the math and make the comparisons, and it truly is amazing that people are still drawn to this band. When we were in college, who listened to Benny Goodman? OK, I actually did, but still. That would be like Jerry and the Gang, in the 60s, listening to music from the 1920s. Oh, right, they did. Hmmm. I might need to amend this comment to say that, if music is good, some people do tend to find it ...





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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 20, 2010 10:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Head Count

What did your friends and neighbors say when you cranked ol' Benny up ?
I like a touch of Benny , but that's a tough crowd I would imagine .

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 20, 2010 10:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Head Count

Well, neighbors in my college dorm, LOL ... I'm sure they were glad when it was Benny Goodman and not Pere Ubu or Philip Glass or King Crimson-psychedelic-60s-anything or of course the Dead, AGAIN. Or Yoko Ono. She was good for annoying the frat boys across the way.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 20, 2010 11:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Head Count

I don't know what it is about Ms. Ono , but she seems to exude her own special brand of annoyance for men . ( That sounds like a perfume , another marketing opportunity , now we're thinking !)
It's a art , really .
Like her singing .

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